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Many private companies provide services purporting to assist with U.S. visa processing.  However, all U.S. visa applicants can complete all appointment scheduling and fee payment directly at without employing a third party service provider.  When considering utilizing a third party service provider, applicants should read the website’s disclaimers (which often state they are not affiliated with the Embassy or Consulate) and should use great caution in sharing their personal and credit card information. 

When processing with us directly at, all communications before, during, and after U.S. visa processing will come from an or an email address.  Requests for information from any other sources are not affiliated with the US Embassy, and recipients should use great caution when sharing information with these sources.  The US Embassy does not share any visa applicant information, which includes your email address, with any outside entity. 

If you have concerns that an information request from an or email address is suspicious or inappropriate, please forward the message to

Welcome to the Visa Section!

The Visa Section of the United States Embassy in Bogota processes applications for both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas to the U.S. Click on the links below or on the left side of the page to learn more about the Visa Section.

***We want to save YOU time so we’ve made some important changes!***

In an effort to help reduce everyone’s time waiting in line, beginning June 1, 2015 visa applicants should arrive to the Embassy at the time of their appointment and no earlier. Applicants will only be permitted to enter the Embassy compound at the time of their appointment. Previously we had recommended arriving earlier than your scheduled appointment time and in some cases permitted entry ahead of schedule.  We realize this approach was leading to longer lines. Arrive at your appointment time and you will have more time in your day!

Don’t worry! We have revamped the way we schedule and have built in time for all the steps you need to complete the process! Please do not come early, you won’t be permitted to enter. By keeping to the schedule, we reduce wait times for everyone.

Public Service Statement

The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States.  We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known.  Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.

Nonimmigrant visas

Nonimmigrant visas are for people visiting the U.S. temporarily for tourism, business, education, medical treatment, or petition-based employment.  The type of visa required depends on your purpose of travel.

Immigrant visas

Immigrant visas are for applicants planning to permanently relocate to the United States for either family or employment reasons.

Fraud Prevention Unit

The Fraud Prevention Unit investigates any incidents of fraud in visa applications and provides information to visa applicants about possible fraudulent scams.

News and Announcements

Recent announcements regarding the visa application process.

Contact Information

How to contact the visa section regarding your visa applications.

Consular Calendar

View our holiday and administrative closures.

Appoitment Availability

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